Obituaries

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Fr. Paul F. Rosemeyer

Pastor emeritus

Father Paul F. Rosemeyer, 96, died April 20. He was pastor emeritus of St. Mary Parish, Des Plaines.

Born in La Grange, he attended St. Francis Xavier School in La Grange, Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1952.

He was assistant pastor of St. Columbanus Parish and pastor of St. Ambrose, St. Basil and St. Mary, Des Plaines, where he served for 15 years before he retired in 1996.

Msgr. Richard M. Zborowski met Father Rosemeyer at St. Therese Catholic Church in Palatine 20 years ago. When Rosemeyer’s health started to decline, Zborowski took care of him. “He was like my father,” said Zborowski as he remembered his friend, a man of few words nonetheless very holy and well educated. “He was an excellent priest,” added Zborowski.

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Deacon Charles Tipperreiter

Class of 1992

Deacon Charles W. Tipperreiter, 79, died April 25. He was ordained in 1992 and served at St. Fabian in Bridgeview.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Janet; his daughter, Debbie Kandefer; three grandchildren; and his brother, Bill Tipperreiter.

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Sr. Ruth Marie Holzhauer

Educator

School Sister of St. Francis Ruth Marie (M. Seraphica) Holzhauer, 100, died March 23 in Milwaukee.

Born in Milwaukee, she was received into the School Sisters of St. Francis in 1938 and made her final vows in 1946.

Beginning in 1942, Sister Ruth Marie ministered in Illinois, New York and Wisconsin for more than eight decades.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Philomena School (1942-1948), and at Alvernia High School (1948-1951).

In her retirement, Sister Ruth Marie served as a driver at St. Joseph Convent Motherhouse in Milwaukee (1997-2003). She served in the ministry of prayer and presence at St. Joseph Convent (2003-2007) and at Sacred Heart from 2007 until the time of her death. 

Sister Ruth Marie is survived by two brothers, Charles and Ronald Holzhauer, and her sister, Rosemary Ries.

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Sr. Suzanne Schuman

Educator

Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Suzanne Schuman, 92, died March 23 in Footville, Wisconsin.

Born in Chicago, Sister Suzanne made her first religious profession in 1950 and her perpetual profession in 1953. She was a teacher and principal and she served in Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Alabama, California, Iowa and Illinois.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Suzanne taught at St. Barnabas (1983-2009), taught religious education at St. Barnabas Parish (2009-2018) and volunteered as a tutor at Visitation School (2009-2018).

She is survived by two sisters, Marian Mullen and Fran Clausius.

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Sr. Regina Marie Dubickas

Congregational Leader

Sister of St. Casimir Regina Marie Dubickas, 75, died March 26.

Sister Regina was born in a refugee camp in Schleswig, Germany, after her parents left Lithuania. As a child, she immigrated to the U.S. with her family, who settled in East St. Louis. She made her first profession of vows in 1967 and her perpetual vows in 1972.

Sister Regina ministered in Illinois for 54 years as a teacher, director of formation, psychologist and congregational leader.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Regina taught at Immaculate Conception School (44th Street, 1967-1968), Nativity BVM School (1968-1970) and Providence of God School (1970-1973), and she was a guidance counselor at Maria High School (1978-1979). She was formation director for the community from 1978 to 1989. She ministered as a psychologist at Michael Reese Hospital, as well as in private practice, from 1994 to 2006.

In 1998, Sister Regina was elected to congregational leadership, where she served first as general councilor (1998-2003), then as assistant general superior (2003-2013), and, from 2013 until her death, as general superior.

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Sr. Mary Jane Herlik

Educator

Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Mary Jane (Querin) Herlik, 91, died April 4 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Born in Wisconsin, Sister Mary Jane made her first religious profession in 1950, and her perpetual profession in 1953. She taught and was a coprincipal, and served in pastoral ministry and HIV/AIDS ministry.

She noticed in the early 1980s that medical personnel and clergy were afraid to enter hospital rooms of those dying of AIDS, so she responded to their needs, saying, “I felt I was being called to minister to those dying with AIDS,” according to an article in the Tampa Bay Times. She served in Illinois, Wisconsin, Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi and Florida.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Mary Jane taught at Visitation (1950-1955) and Trinity High School, River Forest (1964-1969, 1973-1978).

She is survived by a sister, Rosalyn Simonar, and a brother, Querin “Quin” Herlik.

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Sr. Arturo Cranston

Educator

Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Arturo Cranston, 91, died April 10 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin.

Born in Washington, D.C., Sister Arturo made her first religious profession in 1956, and her perpetual profession in 1959. She taught music for 24 years and then studied recreation and natural resources and combined all her passions as director of Camp WeHaKee in Winter, Wisconsin, for 24 years, followed by three years of consulting. Sister Arturo dedicated herself to building up the physical camp and developing young women who were confident and compassionate.

She served in Illinois, Montana, Minnesota, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Arturo taught at St. Cajetan (1956-1958) and Sts. Faith, Hope and Charity, Winnetka (1975-1982).

She is survived by a brother, James “Ray” Cranston.

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Sr. Dolores Fisher

Educator

Sister of St. Joseph-Third Order of St. Francis Dolores Fisher, 93, of Bartlett, died April 12.

Born in Chicago, she entered her religious community in 1946.

She was a teacher, principal and special education teacher. She served at St. Mary of Perpetual Help, St. Roman, Queen of the Universe, St. Mary Star of the Sea, St. Clare of Montefalco, Transfiguration and Bartlett Learning Center and Immaculata Congregational Home.

She is survived by her sister, Dorothy Source.

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Fr. Edward G. Corcoran

Pastor emeritus

Father Edward G. Corcoran, 91, died March 28. He was pastor emeritus of St. Therese of the Infant Jesus Parish, also known as Little Flower Parish.

Born in Chicago, he attended St. Margaret of Scotland School, Quigley Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1956.

He was assistant pastor of St. Margaret of Scotland; Sts. Faith, Hope & Charity, Winnetka; and Our Lady of Grace. He was associate pastor of St. Agnes, Chicago Heights; St. Fabian, Bridgeview; and St. Leonard, Berwyn. He was pastor of St. Therese of the Infant Jesus Parish for 14 years.

In addition, Father Corcoran served for 11 years as spiritual director of the North America Indigenous Ministries.

Father William Corcoran, current pastor of St. Elizabeth Seton, Orland Hills, first met Edward Corcoran at St. Therese of the Infant Jesus Parish where they worked together. Despite the 26 years age gap, they became close friends. “He was very kind and patient with others,” William Corcoran said. “He loved his parishioners and was a great cheerleader for their betterment.”

After retirement, Father Edward Corcoran went to the Diocese of San Diego to help in the Native American missions. 

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Sr. Joseline Valdes

Educator, pastoral minister

School Sister of St. Francis Sister Joseline (Florentina) Valdes, 87, died March 1 at Nazarethville Place in Des Plaines.

Born in the Philippines, Sister Joseline was received into the Franciscans of the Immaculate Conception in the Philippines in 1957 and made her final vows in 1965. She was received into the School Sisters of St. Francis in 1976.

Beginning in 1976, Sister Joseline ministered in Illinois for four decades. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she was a teacher at Holy Angels (1976-1977), assistant principal at St. Philomena School (1977-1978) and teacher at Our Lady of Victory School (1978-1980). She was a caregiver at Life Style Options in Des Plaines (1995-1997) and Community Care System in Oak Park (1996). She served as pastoral minister at St. Peter Canisius Parish (1986-1990) and was assisted living coordinator at Our Lady of Fatima Center in Des Plaines (1997-2013). She also served as the director (1990-1991) and spiritual director (2014-2021) of Fatima Prayer Community in River Grove. In retirement, Sister Joseline served in the ministry of prayer and presence at Fatima Prayer Community from 2021 until the time of her death.  

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